Category Archives: Tech Tips

9 Free Ways to Fix a Slow Computer

So, your computer is running slow and it is really starting to get on your nerves. This can be a very frustrating situation if you are trying to get important work done. If you are able to, it is definitely worth setting a few minutes aside to try to fix your slow PC. In this guide, we take a look a 9 Free ways to fix a slow computer.

1) Defragment the Hard Drive

This is one of the easiest things you can do to regain some speed. If the hard drive is fragmented, it can lead to poor performance. To defrag, simply open up “my computer” and right click on the drive you wish to defragment. Then, click properties, click tools, and click defragment now. Just follow the instructions from here in Windows. In Windows 7, 8 and 10, you can have Windows automatically defrag your drive based on a schedule. Important note: If you have an SSD, you won’t want to defragment your hard drive. read more

Overheating Computer Causes and Solutions

As soon as your computer turns on, it starts to generate heat. Certain computers generate more heat than others. For example, if you have a powerful gaming rig, this will generate more heat than a mid-range laptop. Generally speaking, your computer will come with the proper cooling equipment to dissipate the heat. Your PC will come with Fans and heat sinks to help keep your computer at manageable temperature levels. However, there are times when this cooling equipment is not working properly or when it just can’t keep up with the amount of heat your computer is emitting. Let’s take a a few common causes of an overheating computer. read more

Do I still need a screen saver?

Most people know what a screen saver is. However, by definition, the screen saver is a computer program that fills the monitor with abstract patterns or images. The screen saver gets activated when the computer is idle for a particular time period.

The idea behind activating screen savers on computer monitors was to prevent the burning of phosphor on Plasma and Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors. But today, most people use LCD monitors. Let’s take a look to see if screen savers are still needed in today’s tech world. read more

Myth Debunked: Leaving Your Phone Plugged in Ruins the Battery

One thing that I often read or hear is that you shouldn’t leave your phone plugged in after it is fully charged because this will ruin the battery. Although this may have been true in the past, this is simply NOT true with current smartphones.

The reason for this is that today’s smartphones use lithium-ion batteries. These batteries, along with the phones they are part of, are designed to be smart enough to stop charging when they are full. One more related myth is that you need to fully charge the device before removing it from the charger. This is also not true. Today’s phones are built to handle this quite well too. read more

Computer Backup Checklist Template

If you read this blog often, you know that I highly suggest that you backup your computer and that you do it on a regular basis. To help with this, I would definitely recommend automating your backup. However, even if you automate your backup, you may wonder what you need to be backing up in the first place. Also, if you need to reformat, knowing what to backup before reformatting is quite useful to know. In this post, I am going to take a look at a solid system backup checklist template you can use for your backups. read more